International Medical University (IMU)

International Medical University (IMU)

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Master of Science in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry APPLY

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration Full time : 1 – 2 years Part-time: 2 – 6 years
Intake Deadline
March / September
  Tution Fees N/A

MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Competent Pharmaceutical and Analytical Scientists are in demand in the pharmaceutical industry. If you have a degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or other related disciplines, the IMU MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme could help you extend your knowledge and expertise in the field.

The programme encompasses drug discovery, drug design, drug development, techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of drugs, quality management and the regulatory environment, and research skills including writing proposals, scientific writing and specialized laboratory skills.

IMU’s Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme consists of two semesters and is a combination of course work and research. Learning activities are conducted on weekends for the convenience of working students.

Royal Society of ChemistryThe MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC) programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community and the oldest chemical society in the world. Accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry is a formal recognition that the programme is in line with international quality and standards. Employers are assured that graduates with accredited degrees have achieved the standards required to be considered professional chemists.


An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 28 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Renowned and Highly Experienced Faculty

Renowned and Highly Experienced Faculty

Students will be taught and supervised by staff who are experts in their field with well-established reputations nationally and internationally. The academic community of IMU pursues and achieves excellence in a wide range of research activities. Many of them present their research findings in international conferences to keep up to date with the latest development in specialised areas. They also publish their findings in international peer-reviewed journals.

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

The curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and stringent Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) standards. The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community and the oldest chemical society in the world.

Pursue a Master's Degree While Working Full Time

Pursue a Master's Degree While Working Full Time

Face-to-face teaching and learning activities are conducted on weekends for the convenience of students who have personal or work commitments on weekdays. Students have the option to conduct the research project at their workplace, and the flexibility to choose the optimum number of credits to take each semester to suit their personal, work and study commitments. ODL mode offers additional flexibility to study out of campus

Research Partnerships<br />

Research Partnerships

Students will benefit from IMU’s national and international research collaborations with renowned institutions in areas such as drug discovery, design and development, natural products, drug synthesis, pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis.


The mixed mode programme consists of two semesters and is a combination of course work (21 credits) and research (22 credits). New semesters commence in March and September each year and each semester comprises 20 weeks.

Face-to-face teaching and learning activities are conducted on weekends. The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

Modern analytical techniques for qualitative analysis (MAPC301)

Modern analytical techniques for quantitative analysis (MAPC302)

Principles of drug discovery (MAPC303)

Computational drug discovery techniques (MAPC304)

Quality management & regulatory system (MAPC305)

Research methodology & scientific writing (MAPC 306)

Research project I (MAPC307)

Research project II (MAPC308)

Semester 1 (20 Weeks)

  1. Course work modules including Research Methodology & Scientific Writing

  2. Research Project I

Semester 2 (20 Weeks)

  1. Course work modules

  2. Research Project ||


Teaching and learning methods are in line with objectives of programme modules. The research module and student centered learning delivery methods throughout the programme enhances your analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills, promote your professional development and prepares you for the current challenging work environment.

Programme Structure Analytical & PharmChem


There is no end of semester examinations. Students’ progress is evaluated based on continuous assessment including assignments, progress reports, supervisory evaluation and presentations. The research dissertation will be assessed at the end of Semester 2.




Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or

  2. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, but not meeting cGPA 2.75,  can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or

  3. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline not meeting cGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.

For Malaysian Students
Not applicable

For International Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or

  2. TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or

  3. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or

  4. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 160; or

  5. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 180; or

  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 36;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  1. International students from countries in which English is the first language.

  2. International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.


What are the programme learning outcomes?

Programme learning outcomes (PLOs) are a set of learning outcomes which outlines the knowledge, competencies and values students will acquire at the conclusion of the programme. The MAPC PLOs are that students, at the end of the programme, will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and concepts in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry to solve theoretical and practical problems in the relevant fields.

  2. Apply and adapt critical thinking, problem solving and scientific skills to find solutions to unfamiliar and complex issues in chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries.

  3. Critically evaluate information from various sources and use it appropriately to practice self-directed lifelong learning.

  4. Develop and validate analytical methods to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis by utilising appropriate instrumentation and techniques.

  5. Demonstrate productive working relationships as a team lead or member and communicate effectively by writing clear, concise and orderly documents and/or giving clear oral presentations.

  6. Demonstrate appropriate professional and social skills in the practice of chemistry or advancement of the chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.

  7. Plan, organise and carry out projects systematically and deliver results in the areas of analytical and pharmaceutical sciences.

  8. Demonstrate high standards of professional ethics and responsibilities by complying with relevant codes of conduct and practice.

What are the programme educational objectives?

Programme educational objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the programme is preparing graduates to achieve after they graduated.

Three to five years upon successful completion of the program, our MAPC graduates will be:

  1. Professionals who are competent in the application of analytical and pharmaceutical sciences in a wide range of industries.

  2. Professionals who practice with personal autonomy, integrating ethics, professionalism and social skills into their interactions with stakeholders.

  3. Professionals who are versatile team leaders and communicators, providing scientific solutions to achieve the organisational goals.

  4. Professionals who are tenacious in seeking solutions to manage complex issues in analytical and pharmaceutical sciences through continuous advancement of knowledge and skills in their field of practice.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A bachelor’s degree in related discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or

  • A bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or

  • A bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.


English language requirement:
All students are normally required to provide written evidence of their ability in the English Language in order to study in IMU. The standard English Proficiency requirements are usually overall band score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) or MUET band 4.

What is the structure of the programme?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What is the duration of the programme?

Students may enroll as full-time, or part-time. The duration for full-time study is one year. The duration for part-time study is minimum 2 years and maximum 6 years.

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

Teaching and learning methods vary in line with the objectives of the course modules. They include interactive plenary, workshop, computer aided learning, hands-on laboratory practical and blended learning (combination of online with classroom learning).

How are the students’ progress assessed?

Students are continuously assessed throughout the programme via in course-assessments including assignments, practical reports and oral presentations. There are no written examinations. To progress from one semester to the next, students must perform satisfactorily during each semester.

Who are the teaching staff?

The faculty, comprising local and international lecturers with PhD qualification, have many years of academic and industry experience in various related field of specialisations that include pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, natural products, inorganic chemistry, surfactant chemistry, oleochemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biotechnology, molecular biology, drug discovery, formulation and drug delivery, pharmacokinetics and pharmacognosy. All faculty are actively involved in research and much of their work has been published in ISI-indexed journals. Some staff have successfully patented their discoveries.

What distinguishes this programme from other similar courses?

  • The only master’s programme in this discipline that is offered in mixed mode (Structure B: Course work and Research) in Malaysia.

  • The only master’s programme in this region that provides opportunity for students to specialise in both analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry fields.

  • The only master’s programme in this discipline in Malaysia that is delivered on weekends, giving opportunity for working adults to balance work commitments and learning.

  • The only master’s programme in this discipline in Malaysia having range of practical/hands-on sessions supporting the theoretical aspects of the specialisations.

  • The course is offered on a modular basis, allowing students to enrol in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 of each year.

  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) UK, the oldest chemical society in the world. It is a testament that the curriculum fulfills international standards of chemistry education and research, and graduates of the programme meets the requirements of the chemical sciences profession. MAPC graduates are eligible to become a professional member of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem) award.

  • The Quality Management and Regulatory Systems module is relevant to current industrial settings particularly pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Students learn to critically evaluate, criticise and defend the regulatory guidelines and processes in quality management systems and to apply them in their workplace. The module is delivered by experienced industrial experts to give students an enriching real-life learning experience.

What is the mode of this master’s programme? How it could be differentiated from other modes of master’s study?

This programme is a mixed mode master’s, which is a combination of taught coursework with research component consisting of at least half the total credits of the programme. Taught masters on the other hand consist mainly of taught coursework, with or without a small component of project work.   Masters by research consist of research component only.

Can I pursue a PhD after completing this programme?

Yes, you can pursue a PhD after completion of this programme.  A relevant master’s may be a requirement for PhD studies. Students who graduated in this programme were able to successfully obtain scholarships to pursue their PhD.

What are my career opportunities after completing this programme?

You may work in pharmaceutical, chemical, oleochemical and phytochemical industries, besides working in specialised government institutions, like the Chemistry Department of Malaysia, and partake in drug testing and evaluation. This programme is also a stepping stone to PhD study.

Are there hands-on laboratory practical in this programme?

Yes, besides research, the two coursework modules Modern Analytical Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and Modern Analytical Techniques in Qualitative Analysis contains hands-on laboratory practical of 46 hours and 19 hours, respectively.

Are there hands-on computational simulations in this programme?

Yes, in one of the coursework modules Computational Drug Discovery Techniques comprising dedicated facilitated hands-on computational simulations of 65 hours. You will perform a variety of chemistry modeling, analysis and computational tasks.

Can I work while studying this programme?

Yes, this programme is suitable for students who wish to study full time, or part time. Students with work commitment can study part time while keeping their job.  As all the face-to-face teaching is conducted during weekends, your work commitment during the weekdays are not interrupted. Research work can be conducted in students’ workplace if facilities are available to support the research work.   

Is publication in peer reviewed journal a pre-requisite to graduate?

No, publication in peer reviewed journal is not a pre-requisite to graduate. You are however, highly encouraged to publish your master’s work to advance your field of research,

What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?

The duration for full-time is 1 year and students must register for all the modules in every semester to complete the programme within the stipulated time. In part-time, the number of modules to register every semester is flexible, so long as you pass all the required modules within 6 years. Part-time students are to complete the research within 3 semesters once the research has started.

As a student, what feedback will I get?

You will receive continuous feedback for improvement as you progress in every module. Here are some examples. After every oral presentation, you will receive feedback on the accuracy of the content of your presentation, and also on the soft skills aspects on delivering a presentation. After every written assignment is marked, it will be returned to you with the grades and written feedback.

What are the areas of research I can be involved in?

Areas of research under this programme cover various disciplines of chemistry encompassing analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, phytochemistry and formulation science.

Analytical chemistry: Separation, purification, identification and quantification of chemical compounds through different analytical techniques and tools.

Medicinal chemistry: Discovery or design of new therapeutic chemicals and their development into useful medicines.  It may involve synthesis of new compounds and investigations of their relationships between the structure of natural or synthetic compounds and their biological activities.

Computational chemistry: Use of computer simulations to assist in drug design and discovery, including virtual screening of databases, identification of correlations between chemical structures and biological properties, as well as computational approaches to design molecules that interact in specific ways with therapeutic target of interest.

Phytochemistry: Isolation, identification, structure elucidation, and study of biological properties of chemical substances derived from plants.

Formulation science: Determination of the proper combination of ingredients in pharmaceutical products to achieve balance in quality and stability.

What is the difference between Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Conventional mode?

In ODL mode, lectures and workshops are conducted online and hands-on laboratory is held face-to-face in campus. In Conventional mode most of the teaching sessions are face-to-face in campus, with some online activities such as e-forums.

What are the research facilities at IMU?

The Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) of IMU serves as a platform to govern all research activities and to oversee all academic matters related to postgraduate programmes.

Sufficient facilities are provided for research use, which mainly include cell culture, microbiology and synthetic laboratories. These laboratories are well equipped with equipment for pertinent research activities, such as biosafety cabinets, chemical fume hoods, flow cytometer, multiplex Luminex system, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).

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